Cristina Spinei - Music for Dance | Toccata Classics TOCC0371

Cristina Spinei - Music for Dance

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Label: Toccata Classics

Cat No: TOCC0371

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 1st July 2016

Contents

Artists

Voxare String Quartet
Pala Garcia (violin)
Joan Plana (violin)
Amanda Verner (viola)
Aleisha Verner (cello)
Sari De Leon Reist (cello)
Colleen Phelps (percussion)
St Michel Strings

Conductor

Jose Serebrier

Works

Spinei, Cristina

Bootleg Sugar Lips
From
Meet Me Under the Clock
Perspectives
Some Breaking
Synched

Artists

Voxare String Quartet
Pala Garcia (violin)
Joan Plana (violin)
Amanda Verner (viola)
Aleisha Verner (cello)
Sari De Leon Reist (cello)
Colleen Phelps (percussion)
St Michel Strings

Conductor

Jose Serebrier

About

The Nashville-based Cristina Spinei (born in Connecticut in 1984) writes music which throbs with the rhythmic energy of the American minimalist tradition – ‘pulling a lot out of only a little material’, as one reviewer put it. Her involvement with new-music technology has blurred the boundaries between electronic and instrumental performance, between music and software. Her music uses melodic and rhythmic loops to create a strong sense of pulse, which combines with her own background in dance. As a result, she is much in demand with choreographers, and this album presents music written for dance: four string quartets, a duo for cello and percussion and a piece for strings. All of these works are gently mesmeric, like some kind of unhurried ritual.

Upon graduating from Juilliard, Cristina Spinei co-founded Blind Ear, a collective of composers and musicians which presents technology-driven concerts, and she has since worked with a number of choreographers in New York and elsewhere. Here her music is performed by a number of progressive young musicians working in NYC and Nashville. The Voxare String Quartet (founded in 2008), which has a reputation for adventurous programming, as well as by a quartet of NYC freelance musicians, the violinists Pala Garcia and Joan Plana and New Zealand-born sisters Amanda Verner, viola, and Aleisha Verner, cello.

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